What is included in the Sixth Form curriculum?

Currently our 6th form offer is all at level 3. Entry requirements depend on the route followed, but generally level 3 will be for students who have performed well at GCSE and are ready to move on to A levels and/or A level equivalent qualifications.

Technical route

This route includes a technical qualification that gives students the chance to develop skills and knowledge in engineering. They will work on employer-led projects that are at the heart of the UTC’s approach to learning unlike a typical sixth form college. Students will also undertake an extended project and advanced Level 3 qualifications in mathematics.

The qualifications in this route will include the following, which meets the requirements of the Technical Baccalaureate:

  • A Level 3 technical qualification: BTEC Engineering Extended Diploma, equivalent to three A levels
    • Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) equivalent to 1/2 an A level
    • Level 3 Mathematics Qualification equivalent to 1/2 an A level

Academic route.

This route is for students who want to follow an A level programme at the UTC, with a focus on STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). All students follow a BTEC level 3 certificate in Engineering, equivalent to one A level plus

  • Mathematics, either at A level or other level 3 qualification
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Computer Science

Either Level 3 (including A level) or Level 2 (including GCSE) dependent upon their level of prior attainment. Entry criteria are

  • For the Technical route: 5 GCSEs at A*-C grade including English and maths. For subjects using the new 9-1 grading system, grades 5 and above are required for entry onto a level 3 route.
  • For the Academic or Combined route: 5 GCSEs at A*-C grade including English and maths, with B grades or higher in subjects to be studied at A level. For subjects using the new 9-1 grading system, grades 6 and above are required for entry onto A level courses.

Re-take English and/or mathematics

  • It may be possible to enrol on a level 3 pathway having not reached the minimum entry criteria in English and/or mathematics GCSE. In this case, the curriculum will be supplemented with a re-take option, with GCSE examinations to be sat in Year 12.